I owned stocks that crashed. They recovered again way before I had time to do anything about it.
Good for you! That means you, or funds you own, didn't have a "sell if it drops by so much" or "drops below" order.
But you aren't everyone.
The people who it significantly affected were speculators.
And ordinary people who were invested in those stocks or market indexes, no matter how hard you handwave or blow smoke.
. Yes you could have been invested in one of those companies, but if you have a diverse stock portfolio, what are the chances that all the companies you invested in were the losers in this incident?
More moronic drivel. The claim was "nobody got hurt but speculators", not "nobody lost everything but speculators".
If you only invested in companies that lost a lot of money in this flash crash, you are essentially a speculator (by virtue of only investing in companies that speculate).
Are you really that spectacularly ignorant? The market average went down, which means that market index funds went down - something plenty of people who aren't speculators are invested in. On top of that, several major companies (like Procter & Gamble and General Electric, hardly something that would be invested in "only if you're a speculator") lost significant value.
Unlike other market/housing/banking crashes that really did affect lots of ordinary people, this one really didn't. I don't know a single person (ordinary or otherwise) who lost or gained anything (at least not anything they can recognize).
I hate to be the one to break it you - but you aren't the center of the universe, and the set "people you know" is hardly a significant sample.
But you are a clueless drooling moron.